As we move closer and closer to the start of 2021 Florida State Seminoles football season, Tomahawk Nation breaks down every opponent the Noles will face during the year.
After a short run in the Atlantic Coast Conference that saw him win the ACC Championship – and lose the ACC Championship – Notre Dame is back to its independent status quo in 2021. Head Coach Brian Kelly ( 81-39) is heading into his 12th season with the Fighting Irish, following a college football playoff appearance that resulted in a resounding loss to Alabama.
Opponent: Irish Combatant of Notre Dame
Dated: sunday 5 september
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Last match : 42-26, Notre-Dame
The FSU’s game at Notre Dame last season seemed to symbolize a turning point – even more so the following week as the Seminoles rushed to a huge lead over North Carolina – despite Florida State’s failure in a potentially thwarted offer. It wasn’t a solidifying change in the team’s execution ability, as we’ve learned over the rest of the season, but it showed the potential Mike Norvell’s teams can tap into.
Notre Dame’s big question mark heading into the 2021 season is the quarterback – not necessarily who will start (Wisconsin transfer Jack Coan has been identified as QB1) but how the offense will work without the multi-year start. Ian Book. The Irish have lost four starting offensive linemen but still have talent in the trenches, including Marshall Cain Madden’s new transfer to Tallahassee.
Running back Kyren Williams led the ground team last year, recording 1,125 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. Two of those scores came in last year’s game against FSU, alongside 185 rushing yards. As for the receiving corps, it’s similar to the situation with Notre Dame’s offensive line – talents galore coupled with experience-centric question marks. Avery Davis (322 yards, two TDs) is the main receiver who returns with field experience, although tight end Michael Mayer – the team’s second wide receiver in 2020 – also has some trouble in the air.
Basically, the Irish will have to deal with the loss of defensive coordinator Clark Lea, who left to become head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores. His replacement is former Cincinnati Bearcats DC, Marcus Freeman, a talented coordinator in his own right. He will have to make up for the loss of linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, who now plays for the Cleveland Browns, something that will primarily be named after safety Kyle Hamilton.
Hamilton has been ranked by many domestic analysts as one of the best defensive backs in college football.
This is how our sister site SB Nation One foot down Hamilton broken down:
Originally a relatively unknown 3-star safety rookie when the Irishman got his enlistment, the 6’3 “, 190-pound monster athlete rose quickly in all recruiting rankings with his performance in the camps and her final season with the Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia.
On the day of signing, Hamilton had become Notre Dame’s most elite player, finishing as the No.60 player nationally in the 247sports composite rankings (No.5 in the safe position).
Hamilton came in as a true freshman and, although he wasn’t a starter in 12 of 13 games in 2019 (because seniors Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman had the job locked after a CFP season in 2018) , he managed to lead the team in interceptions. (4), including a 34-yard pick-six in his first defensive snap at Notre Dame Stadium.
The second year for Hamilton was another master class for being the elite and also improving over time. In 10.5 games, he led the team in tackles with 63 (4.5 for loss), had 6 more passes defended despite QBs rarely targeting the receivers he was covering, and added another INT for good measure.
Assuming he stays healthy (by hitting all the wood within a 100 mile radius of typing that), he’ll somehow show during his junior season that he’s been further improved and will display numbers (tackles, INT, PD) across the board despite the opposing offense constantly trying to pass and run where Kyle won’t be.
He’ll earn more All-American honors – likely unanimous or at least first-team by consensus this time around – and will undoubtedly declare for 2022. NFL Draft. In this draft I think he will be a top 15 pick, probably the top 10; the only limiting factor will be that he is not playing QB, OT or DE, and therefore he is just not at a position usually taken in the top 3 picks. But he will be the first safety off the field and maybe even the first DB taken. You can’t find many more infallible NFL cleats than Kyle Hamilton.
Final thoughts on Notre Dame vs. FSU
This is possibly FSU’s biggest home game – in terms of implications, excitement and participation – since Willie Taggart’s debut against Virginia Tech. The already long list of target participants to sign for the game could continue to grow and after playing against the Irish in 2020, the team expect the team to do the same at the opening. of the season.
This will be a proof of concept of many of the excuses and reasons (as valid and precise as they are) placed on the shortcomings of the 2020 season for the state of Florida. The Seminoles are now fully offseason under their belt, flipped the list and added mass through conditioning. Notre Dame has a penchant for starting slowly in the first few games, and if the culture has truly been reversed in Tallahassee, FSU is fortunate enough to take advantage of it.